Thunderbolt is making its way from Apple products to the PC with more hardware manufacturers adopting the new I/O, which has blazing fast data transfer speeds that are especially ideal for working with video and audio. One of the latest manufacturers to provide Thunderbolt capabilities for PC users is LaCie, which now has four storage products that work across Mac and PC platforms.
The storage capacity ranges from 3 TB to 48 TB across four devices. It's compatible with Windows 7 and 8, so all you need to do is install the drivers on your Thunderbolt-enabled PC, and you should be ready to work.
At the bottom of the range is the d2, which offers 3 TB, 4 TB, and 6 TB capacities at $299, $399 and $499, respectively. Additionally, LaCie claims the d2's speeds can reach up to 220 Mbps. The d2 features two Thunderbolt 2 ports along with a single USB 3.0 port.
Next up is the 2big, which features RAID capabilities across two disks and speeds up to 420 Mbps. The 2big comes in 6 TB, 8 TB, and 12 TB capacities that will cost $599, $799 and $999, respectively, and it features the same two Thunderbolt 2 ports and USB 3.0 port as the d2.
The 5big features RAID across five disks and removes the USB 3.0 port, rolling exclusively with the two Thunderbolt 2 ports. It comes in 10 TB, 20 TB, and 30 TB configurations and will cost you $1,299, $1,999 and $2,999, respectively. In regards to 4K video editing, the company claims the 5big can reach speeds of 1050 Mbps.
At the top of the list is the 8big Rack, which features 8 bays in a 1U rack along with RAID features. Once again, only the Thunderbolt 2 ports are included. It comes in 12 TB, 24 TB and 48 TB capacities and will cost $1,599, $2,599, and $4,599, respectively. For 4K video editing, it can reach speeds up to 1330 Mbps.
All of these devices work with both Mac and Windows, so it won't be difficult to move data between platforms. These devices might not be for the average user, but those who need the space and performance for a workstation could benefit from LaCie's latest external storage family members.
Update, 2/5/15, 8:05am - Fixed typo.